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Return to Book Page. A Vengeful Passion by Lynne Graham. A Desperate Plea Ashley Forrester had no choice but to plead with Vito di Cavalieri to drop the charges that would put her brother in prison. She expected Vito to exact a high payment in return. But what shocked her was his asking price A Demanding Proposition He wanted Ashley And passion surged beneath her shaking defenses and betrayed her lik A Desperate Plea Ashley Forrester had no choice but to plead with Vito di Cavalieri to drop the charges that would put her brother in prison.
And passion surged beneath her shaking defenses and betrayed her like never before. Because how could she control love turned to white-hot hatred--and desire that raged dangerously out of control. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , Harlequin Presents , pages. Published September 23rd by Harlequin Presents first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Vengeful Passion , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of A Vengeful Passion. Jun 12, Jenny rated it did not like it Shelves: heroine-i-hated. I've read a lot of books featuring abusive heroes but this is the first time I'm reading a HP where it's the heroine that is abusive. Heroine was bitter, full of hatred, deceitful angry and immature like no other! She claims she is a kick ass feminist but she comes out as a deranged abuser.
Book is loaded with cursing, screaming, yelling and endless bickering! I'm convinced hero was a saint for putting up with this heroine. View all 4 comments. Apr 09, boogenhagen rated it it was amazing Shelves: best-h-smackdown-ever , h-with-a-backbone , bickery-bickerfest-temper-temper , nicely-done , dump-that-cheatin-slime-slurper , stalkery-stalkerific , fell-off-my-chair-laughing , i-am-so-totally-feeling-the-lurve , totally-whacked , second-bite-of-the-apple.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In fact, this is one of the rare HP occasions where MR and LG both have books out together with identical tropes and a similar theme. I recommend you read both back to back, it really highlights each writer's style and both books show why these ladies are the bright Re A Vengeful Passion - Lynne Graham get the second November HP Plus spot and like Michelle Reid's Passionate Scandal this is a second chance romance set against the background of feuding relatives taking up fighting positions.
I recommend you read both back to back, it really highlights each writer's style and both books show why these ladies are the brightest stars in the HP Firmament. The h is 23 when the book opens. We learn that she is an outcast in her own family. Her father is abusive and essentially kicked her out of the family because she lived with the H in her first year of uni at 19 and then the H dumped her after he told her they were getting married because his elderly father was ill and he had to return to Italy and she refused.
He married another woman a month later. As these things go in HPlandia when you have a 19 yr old h from a highly abusive background and a 28 yr old Alpha Italian Bully H, the h and H have a very fraught relationship and the H's family had a wife in mind for him already. So it should be no surprise that the H's mother shows up at the H and h's flat one day and tries to pay the h off to leave her son.
The bigger shock, but not really , is that the h's unicorn status when she met the H leads to a potential stork visit. Unfortunately for the h, the H had already gotten himself engaged to the family's spousal choice when the h found out she was preggers. She calls his house and learns he is having his engagement party and really, what can an HP h say after that?
Nothing, so the h contemplates having a termination. One of the biggest complaints in this story is that the h is a shrew. I like this h, she isn't a doormat. She reacts exactly like a real 19 yr old who has a strong personality and is used to fighting off a bully, ie her father, would act. That makes her srsly acerbic and volatile, but when you have spent 18 years being tormented for no reason that you can understand and when the others in your family are not treated the same way, it makes you extremely wary and combative.
The h learned from a young age that offense is the best defense and she acts accordingly. The H on the other hand, is a much more mature 28 and uncomfortably like the h's father in certain aspects.
The h is 9 yrs younger, idealistic on the feminist manifesto, which is mostly the passion of youth and lack of life experience and the H is all Italian Condescending Patriarch Male in how he treats her.
The ladies in his family are very subservient butterflies around him as well, so when the h directly challenges his assumptions about how she should be, he doesn't take it well.
Both of them have very set in stone ideas about how the other person is when they initially get together, because neither one of them realize that they are seeing each other through the filters of their own experience and really the only communication they ever do the first time around is in bed. The HP Lurve Force Mojo clouds their brains and their thoughts and they almost can't function in the chaotic tsunami of it.
The h eventually decides she can't face a termination, even tho the sewer slurper nematode slime crawler H obviously didn't love her and pretty much only saw her as a convenient tart while he waited around for the family approved woman he must have really wanted. So the h is fighting off family opposition to her pregnancy and trying not to fail her exams.
Sadly the h loses on all counts. She fails out of uni, has a miscarriage and is exiled from the family fold. Tho really the family thing was no big loss. The h has gumption tho, so when the H and h are ready to meet again, she has a job she likes working with kids and is taking Open Uni courses to become a teacher. Then her younger brother runs amok with the H's serial killer in the making sociopath nephew.
Dubious set ups by the little sociopath lead the h's brother into police arrests and court appearances. When the sociopath gets his friends to beat the h's brother and the h's brother retaliates by driving the H's massively pricey one of a kind sports car all over the H's lawn and then wrecks the car, the h's snail snot sister blames the h and the h knows her parents will too.
In classic vintage HP blackmail style, the H agrees to drop the charges against the h's brother. The price will be marriage to him and an heir and the H is utterly offensive and deserved some serious skilleting in the proposing of his bargain. The h frets, fights and has several very bad words to say about it, but the entirely predictable outcome is that the mysogynistic, tart shaming, wildly possessive, nasty nematode H and the vituperative, shrewish and very loud h marry.
After the h meets the H's mother again and establishes a tentative truce. Then we all go to Sri Lanka and see some elephants. The h also manages to get into an almost fatal car accident when she and the H start taking swipes at each other again, but the fighting is actually facilitating some real communication between them. The H consistently makes these nasty and tart shaming comments and the h's responses force the H to continually reevaluate their earlier relationship through a different viewpoint.
For every one of the H's accusations, the h vehemently responds with a few home truths - so while the verbal fighting is intense, it is also constructive, because LG shows the H and h moving to more compatible points of view.
After the car accident where the H thought the h might have died, but finds her safe instead, things calm down a lot and the H and h start enjoying their time outside of bed together. The H agrees to hold off on the pregnancy attempt and the h figures he is placing his revenge on her over his wanting an heir and resolves to hide her love, so he can't use it against her. Too late tho, cause the h is already preggers. The h gets more freaked out.
Her mother had a ton of miscarriages and the h already had one, so she is sure this pregnancy is due to end unhappily too. Plus she can't bring herself to tell the H about the baby, until we all get back to England and the H's serial killer sociopath young nephew shows up. The sociopath thinks the h is home alone and starts bragging about how he set up the h's brother and making really nasty threats to the h.
The h tells him that the H is there, but the sociopath thinks she is bluffing, until the H has his hands around the sociopath's throat. The h faints when she realizes that the H knows she is preggers and the H is pretty much beside himself with how hugely wrong he got everything. That doesn't stop him from trying hard to fix what he broke in the h's life four years earlier and so he drags the h to her parent's home for lunch.
The h is not wanting to go at all, she never wanted the H to see how poorly her family treated her and of course the H can't conceive of the kind of abuse the h endured. The h's father goes ballistic and starts screaming and shaking the h. The H loses his mind and hits the h's father and then offers the h's mum a home.
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Ashley had no choice but to plead with Vito di Cavalieri to drop the charges that would put her brother in prison. She expected Vito to exact a high payment in return. But what shocked her was his asking price… A Demanding Proposition. He wanted Ashley … in his bed, as his wife. And passion surged beneath her shaking defenses and betrayed her like never before. Because how could she control love turned to white-hot hatred — and desire that raged dangerously out of control. Dear lord, how much longer would they be at the police station?
A Vengeful Passion
Vito di Cavalieri is the last man Ashley Forrester ever wanted to see again, but her brother's fate lies in his hands. So she has no choice—to save her brother and protect her secret—their son—she must pay whatever price Cavalieri exacts…. His demand: Vito wants her in his bed, as his wife! But the passion he awakens in Ashley surges beneath her shaking defences and betrays her like never before. Just how will she be able to resist a desire so strong that it threatens to pierce her heart?